Shannon is an Emmy Award winning reporter who joined FOX 4 in November 2013. She was born and raised in Kansas City and graduated from The Barstow School. She is thrilled to be working in Kansas City, telling the stories of the hometown she loves!

Shannon is always looking for stories that impact people in the Kansas City area. Email her at Shannon.OBrien@wdaftv4.com, or find her on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/ShannonOBrienTV and Twitter @ShannonOBTV

More about Shannon:
Shannon began her career as a Reporter at WHNS-TV in Greenville, SC, where she learned the ins and outs of reporting. From there, Shannon headed north to Cleveland, Ohio, where she was a reporter for WOIO-TV. While in Cleveland, Shannon developed her skills as an aggressive reporter covering breaking news, crime and court stories and investigative journalism. Some of her notable stories include the exclusive interview of the girlfriend of Cleveland serial killer Anthony Sowell. Shannon discovered the woman was the niece of Mayor Frank Jackson and lived in the home during the time period in which Sowell murdered 11 women and buried them in his yard and home. That interview was crucial to police in piecing together what happened in that home and convicting Sowell of the murders.

Shannon then continued east to Providence, R.I. where she was an anchor/reporter for WLNE-TV. As the weekend anchor, she also produced her show, which allowed her to master the art of putting together an entire newscast. As a reporter in Providence, Shannon broke many memorable stories, including obtaining the Pre-Sentence Report of Kimberly Fry. Fry killed her 8-year-old daughter because the child would not take a bath. She did not testify at trial, but after she was found guilty she gave details of what she says happened that night in this confidential report. Such a document had not been obtained by a Journalist since the sentencing of Former Mayor Buddy Cianci in 1986.

Shannon received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from Marymount University in Arlington, Va. Going to college in the Washington, D.C. area fostered Shannon’s interest in politics and law, which has been instrumental in shaping her career as a Journalist.
Shannon is involved in many philanthropic organizations across the country, including the BOTAR organization in Kansas City. Her passions include cooking, music, the theatre, sports and most of all The Kansas City Chiefs! She enjoys spending time with her family, especially her 2 nieces Jordan and Teagan and her dog Daisy.


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    Kansas City man traumatized after vandals write gay slur on his car, hold gun to his head

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A gun, spray paint, and a gay slur — that’s what one Kansas City man said he faced Friday night when two men tried to intimidate him and his husband. FOX 4’s Shannon O’Brien spoke to the couple about what they called “a hate crime in their safe safe.” This couple said they do not know who targeted them, but they said they know why. It’s because they are gay. The attack happened at their southeast […]

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    Friends of Toni Anderson searching for clues in her disappearance near gas station she was last seen

    NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Friends of missing 20-year-old Toni Anderson gathered in North Kansas City Friday to search for her or any clues that may lead them to her. FOX 4’s Shannon O’Brien was with Anderson’s friends as they began their search near the QuikTrip on Burlington, where the 20-year-old was last seen Sunday morning. She obtained exclusive surveillance video from a nearby business that shows the last time the missing woman was seen. Police say a North Kansas City […]

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    Concealed carry deadline looms for state buildings in Kansas

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The metro’s largest hospital faces a looming July deadline: concealed carry guns on the premises or expensive security measures. An exemption for Kansas concealed carry law in state owned institutions expires July 1, and that includes the University of Kansas Hospital. Thursday, a House committee introduced a bill that would allow the hospital to keep its exemption and its complex, weapons free. If not, it could become the only hospital forced to implement massive screening. KU […]

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    New Lee’s Summit superintendent begins job surrounded by rumors and skepticism

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — The Lee’s Summit School District invited parents and the public to ask questions Wednesday night about the new superintendent, Dr. Dennis Carpenter, whose contract has already been approved by the school board. Some parents believe the board could have done a better job to find someone more qualified for the job. The board conducted a nationwide search for the new superintendent. They hired Carpenter from Hickman Mills, a neighboring school district with about 6,000 students. He […]

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    Silpada files suit against former employees, jewelry store alleging they stole merchandise

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Lenexa-based Jewelry Company Silpada Designs, Inc., is suing three former employees and the owner of a local jewelry store for $300,000 over merchandise they say was stolen from the company. Although the wording of the lawsuit mentions stolen goods, police are not involved, this is a civil matter. The civil suit claims former employees took merchandise without permission and sold it to the owner of Gold Rush Exchange while the company was shutting down. Boxes full […]

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    Suspects fleeing after carjacking leads to crash into building, causing gas leak

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A two-car crash in downtown Kansas City, shut down several blocks in the crossroads district and caused an evacuation of an apartment building. It turns out it was all part of a crime spree that ended at that location. FOX 4’s Shannon O’Brien was at the scene of that crash at 18th and Locust. A gas line was ruptured in this accident, and that’s what caused the evacuation. Police have towed the cars, but the significant damage to […]

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    Car crashes into building at 18th and Locust after police chase, causing gas leak

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Emergency crews are at the scene of a crash in which a car ran into a building on Monday. The crash happened after police were reportedly chasing a suspect in a green Mustang that they believe was involved in a carjacking on the Paseo. The green Mustang eventually made it to 18th and Locust, where it crashed into a silver Prius, sending the Prius into the building. The people in the Mustang were taken to the hospital. The […]

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    Student brings gun to Grandview High School, gun discharges in backpack, forcing lockdown

    GRANDVIEW, Mo. — Everyone is safe, but an investigation is underway after a gun was discharged at Grandview High School Wednesday. Administrators say a student brought a  backpack to school with a gun in it. That backpack was dropped inside of the PE locker room, and the gun accidentally discharged. According to the district no one was injured. “Immediately after the report students were evacuated from the area and all students were held safely in their classrooms as Grandview Police were […]

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    Health officials confirm new mumps case in Johnson County

    OLATHE, Kan. — The Johnson County Health Department announced on Tuesday that a third case of mumps has been confirmed in Johnson County. Mumps is an extremely contagious disease that most of us don’t think about because we were vaccinated as children. But just because it’s not that common now, doesn’t mean that people don’t need to be aware of the dangers. Mumps is a viral infection of the salivary glands. People who get it develop what is sometimes called […]

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    Kansas City restaurateur charged with raping two women

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A local restaurateur has been charged with rape, as well as other crimes against two women; one alleged sexual assault happened in 2015, and the other in 2016. Arturo Cabral, 44, is the owner of El Patron Cocina and Bar on Southwest Boulevard and he has been charged with raping two women. Family members say Cabral is best friends with the most recent victim’s father. That the 19-year-old has known Cabral her whole life. According to […]

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    ATF finds fireworks components, also questions owner of building leveled in Grandview explosion

    GRANDVIEW, Mo. — Fireworks components were found at the site of the explosion in Grandview on Tuesday. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms had information that the owner of the lawn mower repair shop was also reloading ammunition at that location, which is legal. When investigators were digging through the rubble of the building, they discovered fireworks components. If fireworks were being made there, that act is against the law. “What we discovered was the evidence of the manufacturing […]

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    Capital murder suspect Curtis Ayers pleads guilty to killing KCK Detective Brad Lancaster

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A man accused of killing a Kansas police detective pleaded guilty to capital murder on Tuesday. Curtis Ayers pleads guilty to killing KCK Det. Brad Lancaster in exchange for life w/out possibility of parole. No death penalty. #fox4kc — Shannon O’Brien (@ShannonOBTV) January 3, 2017 Curtis Ayers pleaded guilty Tuesday to gunning down Kansas City, Kansas, Detective Brad Lancaster on May 9. He also pleaded guilty to nine other charges related to Lancaster’s death. The 28-year-old […]